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    I recall reading an interview with MovNat's Erwan La Corre in which he said he only ever slept on the floor. Is sleeping on the floor a better option than a bed?


    A carpet, rug, sleeping bag, duvet or blanket would probably give a closer approximation to Grok's bed in terms of 'comfort'. Are modern beds too 'comfortable'? I've slept in a variety of places and temperatures outdoors from snow holes to tree branches (that did require a good piece of rope for extra security!) and, no doubt the fresh air helped, have always felt that I slept better than on any bed.


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    I had a futon for several years, and always seemed to wake up stiff, sore, and cranky.


    Then I purchased a REAL bed, with pillow-top mattress.

    I have washable silk sheets.


    It is heaven ;-)


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    Whatever works for you, I think! I've slept in lots of different environments and to be honest, a proper firm mattress, one pillow and a decent duvet is fine for me. I really don't want to sleep on the side of a mountain on a regular basis!


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    I do have to say that sometimes when I switch things up and sleep on my couch every once in a while, I get a much better night sleep.


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    My bed is more like a raised floor. Regular bed height, but no mattress -- only a thin, foam pad over a solid surface. It's wonderful. Mattresses, and especially box sprints, suck.

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    When you're young you can sleep about any where, when you get older sleeping on a good quality mattress is your only option, unless you really want to jack up your back and neck.


    Grok would have loved a modern mattress if he'd had access to one.


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    I agree, Mike. My (much younger) sister slept on a chair once when she had to crash at our house one night and she was fine in the morning. I would have been walking around like a question mark for days...


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    I've spent time in quite a few third-world countries where young and old slept on the ground. Could it be that sleeping on a hard surface is quite manageable -- even healthful -- IF one does not become accustomed to a soft bed? It's the same logic as barefoot vs running shoes: we only "need" the shoes because we've allowed our bodies to become dependent on them.


    But what do I know? I'm only 31.

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    I think go for whatever is comfortable, switch it up often, and try to sleep outside as much as possible.


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    My grandmother in India slept on the floor since I'd known her. She'd spread a thin mat made out of straw and use a hand made pillow stuffed with cotton, that over time had compressed and turned hard. And she'd never worn shoes all her life. That was the only aspect I never understood, she'd go barefooted anywhere she went. I understand now. She was healthy and active until 2 days before she died.


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